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UFC Japan marks Showcase Return of Yushin Okami


UFC Japan will showcase the return of the legend “Thunder” Yushin Okami as he takes on former Tennessee Volunteer Ovince St. Preux. Okami is taking this fight on one week notice after former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Shogun Rua had to pull out due to injury. In addition to this fight we get to see two former challengers to Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s strawweight crown in Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Andrade and the UFC debut of former kickboxing champion Gokhan Saki.

Ovince St. Preux (-470) Vs. Yushin Okami (+370)

Ovince St. Preux has had an interesting two years. He was the late replacement for Champion Daniel Cormier in Jon Jones’ first comeback at UFC 197 in which he lost a rather lopsided decision. After that fight he was knocked out by Jimi Manuwa and then lost a split decision to a rather unknown Volkan Oezdemir. We thought that St. Preux’s best days were behind him but then two things happened to get Ovince to rebound. First, he defeated Marcos Rogerio de Lima by Von Flue Choke and second, Volkan Oezdemir went on a tear defeating Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa by quick knockouts, showing us that St. Preux’s skills were still present and potent. Yushin Okami is returning to the UFC after a short stay with WSOF and other Japanese Promotions. Okami has won 4 straight at welterweight and has stated that he is only taking this fight to get back into the UFC as he is a natural Middleweight. I see this fight going one of two ways, St. Preux will trick Okami into a crafty submission or St. Preux’s size will be too overwhelming for Okami and he will lose by knockout or TKO. Ovince St. Preux Def. Yushin Okami

Claudia Gadelha (-275) Vs. Jessica Andrade (+235)

Claudia Gadelha is the worlds best Strawweight not named Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She is 15-2 with her only losses coming to champion Joanna. She has won her last two fights over Cortney Casey and Karolina Kowalkiewicz and it looks like her move away from legendary brazilian training camp Nova Uniao has been the right move. Jessica Andrade is coming off of a unimpressive performance at UFC 211 in her title shot and looks to right old wrongs in this redemption fight. Both of these girls have unique styles that complement each other and can lead to an exciting battle, Gadelha from the BJJ realm and Andrade from a Brawler standpoint. I believe that Gadelha will take this three round fight by Decision. Claudia Gadelha Def. Jessica Andrade

Takanori Gomi (+300) Vs. Dong Hyun Kim (-365)

Takanori’s best days are behind him. He has lost his last 4 fights in a row all by finish and I believe that “Maestro” Kim will make it five. Kim had one of the best fights never talked about in his war with Polo Reyes at UFC 199, and even though he lost he gained many fans and a bit of notoriety. I believe that this will be Gomi’s last fight, he made a name for himself in Saitama and I believe that is also where he hangs up the gloves. Dong Hyun Kim Def. Takanori Gomi

Gokhan Saki (-187) Vs. Henrique da Silva (+162)

These have to be the best odds ever for a fighter that is 0-1. Gokhan Saki comes from a successful and extensive career in K-1 and Glory Kickboxing winning titles in both and training in the Kickboxer heaven of The Netherlands. In his only ever MMA fight he lost via punches, but, then again this fight happened in 2004 before he saw his success in the Kickboxing world. His opponent Henrique da Silva has lost his last three fights to Paul Craig, Jordan Johnson and “The Hulk” Ion Cutelaba. Da Silva’s bread and butter is his Muay Thai and while it’s impressive, its no match for Gokhan Saki’s striking. The only way for da Silva to win is by getting the fight to the ground and looking for a Submission. I believe that this will be a close fight but I have Henrique da Silva pulling the upset. Henrique da Silva Def. Gokhan Saki

Teruto Ishihara (-155) Vs. Ronaldo Dy (+135)

This looks like a good featherweight fight to watch… or at least wait until Teruto gets on the mic and lets it loose. I LOVE MY BITCHES TOO TERU!!! Teruto Ishihara Def. Ronaldo Dy

Other Selections

Jussier Formiga (-385) Def. Ulka Sasaki (+320)

Keita Nakamura (+109) Def. Alex Morono (-129)

Chan-mi Jeon (-104) Def. Syuri Kondo (-116)

Luke Jumeau (-260) Def. Shinsho Anzai (+220)

Hyun Gyu Lim (-110) Def. Daichi Abe (-110)

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